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>> world news is next. >> we'll see you again in half an hour. breaking news. we're on the scene tonight. divers in a lake after the terror in california. the fbi searching the lake for possible clues. and tonight, investigators on what brought them there. also breaking, the city now on alert this evening after a u.s. warning. authorities now trying to prevent a specific terror event, telling american citizens there to be on the lookout. the runaway commuter train. passengers trapped inside with no conductor. pounding on the door for help. two major storm systems we're watching tonight. the state of emergency. drivers trapped there on a highway. >> wow! >> storms turning deadly already. and the scandal at the citadel. under fire after this image of cadets singing christmas carols. the outrage tonight.
good evening. it's great to have you with us here on a thursday night. and we begin tonight with the scene unfolding in southern california late today. the fbi and a team of divers just a couple of miles from the scene of the terror in san bernardino. those divers heading into a lake. these images coming in of that dive team. the fbi, tents set up there, dredging the bottom of the lake. it's believed the killers, that husband and wife, might have been at that lake or in the area after the shooting. divers going into the water, searching for any evidence. it's believed they're possibly looking for any digital devices the killers might have tried to destroy. our team on the scene of that search right now and abc's matt gutman, leading us off. >> reporter: tonight, divers dredging the bottom of this pond for possible evidence linked to the terrorist couple, syed farook and tashfeen malik. >> we did have a lead that indicated the subjects came into this area. >> reporter: this is laborious
work, but those divers seem to be focused on an area between those rocks and about a stone's throw into the water, near where those buoys are. hoping to salvage perhaps a device with digital data on it. all of this happening just miles away from the site of that rampage. while much of the couple's story remains murky, the portrait of the man who authorities say bought the rifles used in that rampage becoming clearer. tonight, abc news has learned enrique marquez may have lived a double life. his family members telling abc news they never knew the former punk rocker converted to islam or that he had married a woman named maria chernykh. his wife is one of two russian sisters who married american men. the other sister is married to farook's brother. federal authorities now saying farook and marquez planned and abandoned a terror plot in 2012. >> there has been some arrests immediately adjacent to that, right in their area in southern california, probably by the counterterrorism people that really caused them to rethink it.
>> reporter: those arrests, four men from riverside, california. the same town farook and marquez lived in. was there any connection between marquez, farook and these four terrorists? >> i've heard the same reports. it would be irresponsible of us to not look into any potential connections. >> reporter: marquez's family saying it's shocked. that is enrique marquez's mother. she just came out to speak for the first time, saying how upset she is by all of this, how distraught she is. she hasn't heard from her son. that's because he's still being questioned by the fbi at an undisclosed location, though authorities tell us he is not under arrest. >> and matt gutman with us now live. so, that friend not under arrest, but still being questioned. but matt, what more have you learned about the timeline here of this possible sighting of the couple near that lake? >> reporter: david, the fbi telling us for the first time that it's possible that that terrorist couple came to this lake after that shooting rampage, but before that chase and shootout in which they were killed, possibly dumping evidence in these waters. david? >> which is why they're on the
scene there behind you tonight. matt gutman leading us off. matt, thanks, as always. meantime tonight, to a warning from american authorities and now the urgent effort to stop a terror incident from unfolding in geneva. american citizens have been warned. there is a manhunt under wail in geneva after a tip from the cia. authorities searching for at least four terror suspects now, warning they are dangerous and were planning to strike that city. abc's alex marquardt is in geneva. >> reporter: swiss police on the streets of geneva today, their numbers visibly beefed up to prevent what they called a terrorist event. they're looking for at least four men, considered dangerous. their photo tweeted by belgian media, whom officials say were planning a specific attack in geneva. sources told abc news the tip came from the cia. both swiss and international authorities are now involved in the manhunt. the alert level here has been raised, and tonight, the american embassy in switzerland has warned citizens to be vigilant. a meeting with u.s. and russian
officials on syria had been planned for friday, and will likely go ahead, but in a different location, and with counterterror measures in place. the entire european continent is still on edge after those deadly attacks in paris and raids in brussels. tonight, a top geneva official said that switzerland, which is normally quiet and peaceful, is no more secure than any other country. david? >> alex marquardt in geneva for us. alex, thank you. and there is news from the pentagon tonight. three top isis leaders killed in iraq. the three taken down in separate coalition air strikes late last month, including one of the most senior members of their financial network. and here at home tonight, the fbi arresting a terror suspect in minnesota. the 20-year-old somali-american accused of supporting isis in syria and iraq. he allegedly tried to help nine men leave the u.s. and join the terror group. authorities saying he helped pay for at least one of their passports. we turn now to an abc news investigation tonight. a troubling new development, just one month after the terror attacks in paris.
you'll remember this image, authorities say, one of the alleged suicide bombers using this fake passport to slip into europe among the syrian refugees. tonight, a chilling new warning. isis now has its hands on at least one official passport printing machine. abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross on the concern those fake passports could be used here. >> reporter: with the u.s. and other countries on high alert tonight for isis attacks, american authorities are warning the terror group may have infiltrated followers into this country with authentic-looking passports it has printed itself, almost impossible to detect. >> if isis has been able to acquire legitimate passports or machines that create legitimate passports, this would represent a major security risk to the united states. >> reporter: authorities say, as isis swept through major syrian cities last year, it was able to seize government passport printing machines. of a kind used by major governments around the world.
a homeland security investigations bulletin sent to law enforcement in the last week and obtained by abc news showed examples of suspect passports and said isis may have boxes full of blank passports. the bulletin warned that "individuals from syria with passports issued in these isis controlled cities or had passport blanks, may have traveled to the u.s." the director of the fbi first revealed the problem publicly on wednesday. >> the intelligence community is concerned that they have the ability -- the capability -- to manufacture fraudulent passports, which is a concern in any setting. >> reporter: several of the fraudulent passports have already been discovered in europe. most notably, in the paris attacks, when authorities said one of the suicide bombers used this forged syrian passport to come to europe as a refugee. >> and brian with us now. this is very concerning, a printing machine and what about the concern, they could use the fake passports to come here? >> reporter: well, david, that's
a very serious concern tonight. someone traveling on a syrian passport would still need to get a u.s. visa to come here. now officials are going back through immigration records to see if anyone made it into this country with one of those syrian count ee counterfei ty passports, david. >> brian ross on the trail again tonight. brian, thank you. to other news this evening and now to boston. the runaway train with passengers on board. the commuter train with no operator. passing station after station. passengers pounding on the door for help. no one inside. abc's linzie janis from boston tonight. >> reporter: tonight, boston police are investigating how a packed commuter train was able to take off, traveling without its operator for more than five terrifying miles. >> we knock on the door of the driver and nobody was there. >> reporter: shortly before the train's scheduled departure, the operator exited to check a signal. suddenly, the doors closed, and just after 6:00 a.m., the train started moving, grazing the operator as it left. the train then passing through
four stations as authorities scrambled to turn off the third rail powering the train. it continued to coast before coming to a stop just past the north quincy station. >> the whole train started going slow. all the lights went off. and everything just stopped. >> reporter: workers then boarded and moved the train to the next stop to let passengers off. passengers onboard that train say they started to panic, realizing there was no one inside the operator's booth. some tried to get inside. others attempting to pry open the exit doors. tonight, authorities say they are focusing their investigation on driver error. >> the first layer of protection are the procedures and the requirements that are supposed to be followed, and the second layer of protection is ensuring that our personnel follow those procedures. >> reporter: david, the train on operator has been placed on administrative leave as investigators try to figure out exactly what happened. david? >> linzie janis reporting in from boston. thank you, linzie. we turn now to the race for 2016, and donald trump's new surge tonight.
a new national poll, part of it taken in the days after trump's controversial call for a ban on muslims coming to america. trump up 13 points since october now, to 35%. ted cruz, a distant second there with 16%, ben carson falling to third with 13%. and in one of those early voting states, south carolina, trump now 20 points ahead of his closest rival. abc's tom llamas, again, on the campaign tonight. >> reporter: tonight, donald trump may be taking heat, but with republican primary voters, he's on the rise. that new national poll shows him leading his closest rival by nearly 20 points, and some of that polling done after his controversial proposed ban of muslims coming into the u.s. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu criticizing the muslim ban, and today, trump tweeting he's now postponing his trip to israel, saying he'll go "after i become president of the u.s." >> i didn't want to put him under pressure, number one. i also did it because i'm in the midst of a very powerful campaign that's going very well.
>> reporter: but trump could be taking a business hit. his proposed ban leading a developer in dubai to take down a trump billboard advertising a golf course that trump is working on. >> if i lose some businesses overseas, it doesn't have any impact on me whatsoever. what i'm doing right now, bill, is far more important than any single business that i own. >> reporter: and david, tonight, there is a new poll out on trump's plan to ban muslims from coming into the u.s. that poll shows that more republicans support the trump plan than oppose it. david? >> abc's tom llamas with us tonight. tom, thank you. now, to connecticut, pushing a new gun control law. the governor there planning to sign an executive order, becoming the first state to close a loophole banning gun sales to anyone on the federal no fly list. gun permits already issued to those on the list will be revoked now. we turn this evening to the extreme weather. deadly storms in the northwest. nine states now on alert for high winds tonight. winter storms. a state of emergency in washington state.
and the tornado touching down. and look at this tonight. a commuter nightmare after a landslide in woodland, washington, bringing traffic there to a halt on interstate 5. abc's neal karlinsky in washington. >> reporter: late today, a dramatic scene caught on video in battleground, washington. >> wow! >> reporter: what's now been confirmed as a small tornado ripping up trees and shredding them. no reported injuries, and only isolated damage, but it is the latest punch from a wild week of weather here. nearby, just north of portland, one side of i-5 was shut down overnight and into the morning rush when a landslide, even huge boulders, came down on the highway. >> i don't think anybody thought it was going to be this bad. >> reporter: from portland to seattle, roads are buckling under the strain of too much water. there have been sinkholes. the storm killed at least two. a woman trapped under a falling tree, and another who drowned driving through floodwaters. while the water has now begun to recede, falling trees are a concern.
this is what they're so worried about here. the ground is just so saturated. you can see the way this tree absolutely peeled back in the wind and rain. this one actually landed on top of a car that's parked over there, david. >> incredible force of the storms there. neal, thanks. let's get right to meteorologist rob marciano, still tracking this again tonight and more in store. >> reporter: yes, several more rounds of ran and wind coming to the northwest. there's the satellite picture. you see the swirl, that's the upper low. you see those clumpy clouds, that's cold air coming in. and we've got winter storm warnings posted for the sierras. one to two feet of snow expected. time it out. several waves coming through. the next big storm saturday for the northwest. and the storm tonight gets into the plains then, where big-time warm air awaits. temps in the 60s and 70s. that strong jet stream is going to trigger a severe weather threat, especially for eastern parts of texas. strong winds and tornadoes are possible. so, there's a price to pay with all the warm air we have. >> summer-like temperatures. all right, rob, thank you. now, to south carolina tonight, and to the scandal erupting at one of america's top
military colleges. at least eight cadets at the citadel now suspended tonight after this image. they say they were singing christmas carols. abc's senior national correspondent jim avila with the outrage and the school's response tonight. >> reporter: tonight, the citadel, under scrutiny for these images, showing cadets dressed in white with pillowcases over their heads, in a scene some say resembles the ku klux klan. posted on facebook by a woman who saw a video of the scene and was disturbed by it. the south carolina state military school, founded before the civil war to defend slavery, and still flying the confederate flag on campus. today, those eight cadets suspended, and removed from campus, after they were seen dressed all in white. the students told school administrators they were portraying ghosts of christmas past. but the school president, in a statement, called the display "offensive and disturbing." minority students, who make up less than 8% of the student body, said the cadets in sheets reminded them of the klan.
>> it's stupid if these college students did not find the optics of that to be disturbing. >> reporter: the school has launched an investigation and further punishment is possible. jim avila, abc news, washington. >> jim, thank you. from washington tonight, the president today replacing no child left behind, signing a rare bipartisan law, preventing the government now from mandating common core. giving states more power over education standards, requiring them to improve low performing schools, but students will still be required to take federal math and reading exams. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this thursday. for the first time, bowe bergdahl in his own words. why he left his fellow american troops on that base in afghanistan and what he's now saying that's making headlines tonight. also ahead here, breaking news involving the tv star married to that nfl quarterback. new developments this evening in the search for her missing brother. what we've now learned. and then, the close call on the sidewalk. the incredible moment. pedestrians never saw it coming. the facade comes crashing down. we'll be right back.
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turning into a wetter evening. we're tracking rain now in the bay area. the snow is coming down hard in the mountains. we're live in the sierra as well. >> it's a list no one wants to be on. tonight, the latest round of water wasters and you may recognize them. >> also, a suspicious substance that forced an evacuation in the south bay. looking live at doppler 7 hd, more waves of wet weather is coming our way. >> this rain is making for a nasty ride home. take a look at this, the ride is sluggish on the san francisco skyway. people are running for cover as storms hit the way area, good
evening, i'm ama daetz. >> and i'm dan ashley. it may end up being one of the wettest days of the year. >> you can see we have areas of rain, heavy in cases, scattered across the bay area, right now, it's following a band of showers and down pours sweeping through the south bay, north of morgan hill and into mount hamilton. and some light rain near coito. in the north bay we have a large area of rain pushing to napa counties and into marin counties. so from guerneville south ward we have rain in the area of napa and here is the forecast animation at 7:00 this evening, we're going to see bands of showers and thunderstorms sweeping through the bay area during the evening hours, 10:00 looks like it's going to be very wet over